Citing growing concern about measles outbreaks in the US, President Trump said that Americans need to be vaccinated to abandon their previous skepticism about current medical recommendations.
"You have to get the shot," he told White House journalists on Friday. "The vaccinations are so important. This is about now. You have to get a picture. "
The disease has been confirmed in at least 695 cases in 22 states – almost twice as many as in all cases in 2018 – and is now the worst measles outbreak since the disease was eradicated almost 20 years ago.
"This outbreak is extremely worrying and I urge all care providers to educate patients about the efficacy and safety of the measles vaccine," said the director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Robert Redfield. "And I encourage all Americans to abide by the CDC vaccine guidelines to protect themselves, their families and their communities from measles and other vaccine-preventable diseases. We must work together as a nation to eliminate this disease once and for all. "
According to the agency, the high number is primarily due to some major outbreaks that began in 201
Trump's new approach to vaccination contradicts earlier statements that he made to their application. In 2014, he tweeted there are "many such cases" of children going to the doctor "being pumped with massive injections of many vaccines, not feeling well and changing – AUTISM." The following year, the then Republican presidential candidate urged that children should be given smaller doses for extended periods of time after calling the current recommendations "monster compound vaccines". Following the 2016 election victory, Trump met with Andrew Wakefield, a well-known leader of the Vax movement and now a discredited author of a 1998 study linking measles-mumps rubella to autism.
"Measles are not a harmless childhood disease, but a highly contagious, potentially life-threatening disease. We have the ability to protect our children and communities safely. Vaccines are a safe, highly effective public health solution that can prevent this disease. The measles vaccines are among the most extensively studied medical products we have and their safety has been established over many years in some of the largest vaccine trials ever conducted, "said Alex Azar, Minister of Health and Human Services, in a statement.
In fact, much of the world is seeing a massive increase in the number of measles cases around the world, especially in relation to parents who refuse to vaccinate their children for health and safety reasons, especially the wrong theory Vaccinations cause autism. So far, 110,000 cases have been reported in the last four months – an increase of 300 percent over the same period last year. New data show that between 2010 and 2017, 169 million children did not receive the first MMR dose of 21.1 million children per year.